Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Monday, August 30, 2010

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Another Post On Another Site

My submission for My Very Worst Job was posted yesterday. This is my second foray on that site, & third overall (I also had one on their roommate site). Go check it out, though you'd be better off reading everything here since I could go into more detail.

Who Has Two Thumbs & Is Now Certified To Save Lives?

The answer is, of course, this guy.


Today I took a CPR/First Aid/AED certification class. Ultimately, I think it's something everyone should do, but the main reason I took it now (especially with the unemployment issue) is that it may help me get a job. At the job I applied for last week one of the requirements was to be CPR certified, so I knew I wouldn't get a call-back. But now! I can re-apply & hopefully get an interview where I can charm the pants off of them with my winning personality since I already meet all of the other requirements.

The day began roughly seeing as how I slept all of 40 minutes the night before, getting caught up in a convo on AIM (yes, I still use AIM. DON'T JUDGE!) & then not being able to sleep. I made my way over to Mickey D's for some grease that happened to be trapped inside hashbrowns & a coffee. When I ordered I realized I hadn't yet spoken because when I talked my voice croaked & sounded horrible. Just so you know.

Of course the usual cast of characters were there: the middle aged white woman going into the medical field, two sassy black women who run a day-care, another sassy black woman who didn't do anything in particular, & a young black dude who began our day together by telling me how he was at the bar too late last night. Our teacher was this incredibly Southern woman who was nice enough. Things were rough at the beginning, just watching the horrible videos with the bad acting (I actually laughed out loud when the guy riding the bike got 'hit' by the car). For the first 2 hours (around 10am) all I knew how to do was take my gloves off. But things sped up much more quickly & I was compressing chests, giving rescue breaths, & scooping food out of the mouths of fake babies like a champ.

Aside from having to be there so early (8am) & the lack of sleep (I dozed off during part of the first aid videos), it was good. We would have gotten out sooner though had every single other person not contributed to a conversation about how to best cook collard greens & other regional foods. I mean, seriously. I just sat there in shock that I was paying money to listen to people talk about whether or not to put pork in a vegetable to season it or whether chicken broth was better (chicken broth is the healthier but obviously less tasty option, apparently).

In other news, I signed my lease yesterday. Andrizzle's moving to Raleigh next week!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Looking Up? Perhaps

So, for all intents & purposes, I have found a place to move! Wahoooo!

It's one of those deals where I looked on Craigslist (I know...) & found a reasonably priced place in a decentish neighborhood in Raleigh. I went yesterday to meet the guy & he's crazy nice & the place is pretty ok. I'm gonna get the biggest bedroom, so that's a humongous plus. There's even a basement with a spiral staircase! And the lease is month to month so if things don't exactly pan out as well as I'd like for them to, it will be easier to fix than when I lived with My Giant.

Don't quite know when I'm moving yet. I haven't signed anything yet. My parents aren't exactly thrilled that I'm moving in with someone I don't know, but hey, beggars can't be choosers. I don't feel nervous about this at all except that I've never been in a situation like this before & I'm going to miss being with my parents (even if they drive me crazy).

On another note, none of the online traffic schools that have sent me information on their services got my name right. Not a single one!

Also there are some issues with my Financial Aid at Liberty Online. I have complete faith that it will work out though because I have to.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Current Sitch

In the past week, a lot of life has happened. It's looking like I'm going to need another car because it will cost almost $1000 to fix it & with as many problems as it already has & all those miles, it's just not worth it. So more than likely I'm going to take my dad's '91 Honda, they'll fix it up a bit, & they will get another car.

I hate how I'm so financially dependent on them. It makes me feel guilty.

Then my dad has been in the hospital since Saturday with pneumonia, hence the picture of me wearing the mask previously. He's doing a lot better but his fever keeps going up at night so they won't let him leave. He's really discouraged because he just started his new job & it just sucks that he's already missing time.

And now my stupid school in Florida said it could be 2 or more weeks before my official transcript can be processed, meaning that I might not be able to get an accurate credit evaluation for my transfer, making it difficult to sign up for classes at Liberty.

And on top of that I'm still trying to find a job, Sam has completely bailed on the apartment thing so I'm looking on my own (I don't blame him though. He's really worried about money), & online traffic schools are now sending me advertisements because of that dipshit cop.

On the plus side, you can definitely tell fall is coming. It's supposed to be in the low 80's this weekend & in the 50's at night. You can also tell that the sun is shining differently & the trees aren't as vibrant. It's going to be awesome to experience it again.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

You know, just chilling at the hospital in a room contaminated with pneumonia.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Corruption & Bullshit (But I'm Not Bitter)

I pride myself on being someone who doesn't drive like a maniac. I don't even speed (that much). In fact, I've only gotten 2 tickets (1 for speeding when I thought the speed limit was different than it was & the other for driving a friend's car that apparently had an expired tag. She paid me back for that though). That is, until today...

This weekend my dad & I made a whirlwind trip down to West Palm Beach to get my stuff. We left Friday after he got off work at 4:30 & made it down there around 5:45am. We packed, cleaned, loaded my car, & said goodbye to (like 3) people. This (Sunday) morning we left around 7:30am. I started us on the drive.

About 2 hours after departing I was driving through a construction zone that was set at 65mph. I set the cruise control to about 69-71. I saw a cop on the side of the road but I didn't bother slowing down because I know those speed things usually show the car as going a little slower than it really is (at least I've heard that). After a while, he finally pulled out & pulled me over.

He comes over & says he clocked me going 80mph. I told him that no, in fact, I wasn't. I was going about 68. He said I was the only car & that I was going 80. I told him no, I had my cruise control set & there was no way that was possible. I wasn't rude at all (I was incredibly nice) & neither was he, but I wasn't about to deal with him lying to me about my speed so he could meet his quota.

He comes back & tells me that since it was a construction zone that fines were doubled so I'd get a $400 fine, & an automatic 4 points on my license. BUT he dropped it down to a 74mph in a non-construction zone so I would only get a $134 fine & 3 points on my license that I could have dropped by doing online traffic school. How generous & kind he was!

Ultimately, I know I was only pulled over because I had an out-of-state license plate because this kind of thing still happens & he hesitated so long to pull me over in the first place. He also probably thought I was younger than I was (damn baby face) & he could talk me into thinking I was wrong about my speed. But I knew I wasn't wrong & wouldn't go along with it, so that either helped him lower the speed because I might would fight it, or he didn't drop it to a warning because I wouldn't go along with it. Who knows. It's bullshit, either way.

I can't be mad though. He was really nice, aside from the lying. And I can't even be mad at him for lying for his job since I've had to lie to customers at Applebee's when I tell them our food is good.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Oh, gas station bathrooms...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Are You Serious?

On Tuesday, I was running some errands before an appointment I had at 5. So I'm just tootling along down the road in my stupid lemon Ford Focus (patooey!) when I see that my car is mondo overheating.


This is the 2nd time in 3 weeks that it's done this (the 1st being on my birthday). I was close to my neighborhood so I call my mom to bring me some water. After instructing her to dump the OJ into something else & fill the jug with water, she shows up with that & a case of bottled water. Oh, mommy.

We fill it up & she gives me her car to make my appointment. All is well, until I'm heading back to her car after the appointment to find that her damn thing won't start.

Are you effing serious?

So I've took out 2 cars in 1 day. We had to get the flipping thing towed because it turned out to be the battery. My car won't be able to go to the shop until Monday. Ultimately, it's all good because we just needed her car to take to Florida for me to move my stuff back because I have officially withdrawn from school down there & will be living in North Carolina now. So we'll see how that goes.

Back to the car thing. My mom's car is a Ford Taurus. It has also had quite a few problems. Never again will we buy Ford.

Friday, August 6, 2010


Just so ya know, my current profile picture is my before-waxing picture. Like my hot bod?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Just Rambling

I went to the library a little while ago to get a book.

I couldn't find a book I wanted so I got 2 movies instead. Because that's a brain-stimulating alternative.

Both are going to be my rewards for finishing this damn independent study paper. Seriously, I'm STILL dicking around with it & I have 2 more assignments to go before the end of the month, on top of finishing all of my admissions junk for Liberty.

Also, here I am getting my chest waxed a few weeks ago when Robyn & Sarah were visiting:

Yeah, we gave up after our failure to make a decent happy trail...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Plan

So here is the plan as of now: I am not returning to West Palm Beach. Instead, I will be finishing my Master's at Liberty Online. I will be moving to Raleigh or wherever else I can find a job since I won't be held down in 1 place because of school, & life will then be perfect.

We will see....

Basically, I'm waiting to make sure Sam won't bail on me with getting an apartment, because I have a really bad feeling it's gonna happen.

And oh joy! I still have to go back to West Palm Beach to get the rest of my stuff. That's going to be a fun trip.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Ok. So this past weekend we moved my dad back from Toccoa, which is good. I made some monies at Applebee's, saw Alexis & her adorable baby, &...yeah that's about it.

We got a really late start on Thursday because Brad & his probably-retarded, definitely redneck brother were supposed to go with us & help & we needed to wait until he got off work. Too bad he didn't go so we wasted a whole day. He didn't go because Sling Blade wouldn't get in the car & pulled a knife on him. So we left without them, with the plan of Brad coming later.

Then we heard nothing from him. In fact, we heard nothing from him until Sunday, I believe. So we (primarily my dad because I'm worthless & my mother has arthritis) loaded the U-Haul on Sunday. I had to drive back Sunday night because they took my bed apart & I had nowhere to sleep. I got Salem to come to Rocky Mount to help unload (thank goodness) & since then, it's just been...stuff. Everywhere. As bad as before. Maybe worse in some rooms.

And it's like I'm the only one who is willing to do anything about it. I'm trying to throw stuff away, move stuff, just...get it out of here. And my mom keeps coming up with excuses why she can't do certain things, why she's saving stuff, blah blah blah. I know it's probably overwhelming but this is beyond ridiculous. I'm going to post pictures soon.

And my dad is doing nothing but making tea & backing her up, which would be nice if it was something that needed back-up. Instead it just seems spineless & is enabling this hot mess more than anything.

And guess what! I bet you'll never guess. They didn't do a damn thing about Brad. If he wants to come over, that's fine. They're still going to go out to eat. The only thing that's different is that they won't be helping him financially (which thank God). I told them I don't want him over if I'm here, they told me this wasn't my business, I told them it was because it still affected me & he sucks, & it just kept escalating so my dad starting talking about a paper that fell off the fridge & I walked out.

I know this isn't my fight, but I don't want him around me. I don't want them dealing with him because he is just a mooch. He owes them so much money, has ruined our furniture & our carpet (I was cleaning out the guest room by myself & had to stop because the cat piss from when he was staying here (for 7 months) & had his cat locked in there was burning my throat), constantly lets them down by bailing on promises, & yet...they're still there!

Dear God, I have to find a place & get out of here.

I was such an attractive child...